Peregrines have been present on Wakefield Cathedral for several years but they bred for the first time in 2015, using a nestbox made at the University of Sheffield. An adult female and a male that was still in juvenile plumage arrived unexpectedly after the overwintering pair departed at the start of the season. Despite a late start, they raised three young successfully.
A couple of months after the youngsters fledged, the male moulted into his adult plumage. The ring on the right leg shows that it is the same bird.
A new box installed in the autumn of 2015, and later fitted with a camera, has improved access to the box and has allowed us to observe the behaviour of the birds inside the box.
In 2016, we hope to have the chicks ringed and we plan to use coloured Darvic rings, which are readable through binoculars or telescopes, so that we might get feedback on the subsequent movement of the chicks after fledging.